Guggenheim And Whitney Libraries Launch "Art Resources From the Mid-20th Century"


METRO is pleased to report that The Guggenheim and Whitney Libraries, recipients of a 2011 METRO Collaborative Digitization Grant, have recently completed their collaborative project, Art Resources from the Mid-20th Century: Digitized Highlights from the Libraries of Hilla Rebay and Juliana Force

From the official announcement launching the project:


The Guggenheim and Whitney Libraries are pleased to announce the completion of Art Resources from the Mid-20th Century: Digitized Highlights from the Libraries of Hilla Rebay and Juliana Force.  This project, funded by the generous support provided by the Metropolitan New York Library Council, was designed to make up to 60,000 pages of rare and unique materials from the libraries of Hilla Rebay and Juliana Force—the inaugural directors of the Guggenheim and Whitney, respectively—accessible online through digitization.   

Exceeding our expectations, we are pleased to announce the project allowed for the following:

1) The digitization of 81,031 pages, equivalent to approximately 600 publications;

2) The creation and launch of the project’s homepage on Internet Archive at  http://archive.org/details/artresources, where the digitized materials are now publically accessible;

3) The development and posting of a project summary on the Guggenheim’s website: www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/library-and-archives/projects/guggenheim-whitney; and

4) The development and posting of a project summary on the Whitney’s website: http://whitney.org/Research/Library.

Highlights and staff favorites from the project include: 

The ferro-concrete style: reinforced concrete in modern architecture ; with 400 illustrations of European and American ferro-concrete design (1928) http://archive.org/details/ferroconc00onde 

A history of American watercolor painting (1942) http://archive.org/details/historyofwatercolor00whit 

The immortal words of Winston Churchill: memorable excerpts from his famous wartime speeches. (1965) http://archive.org/details/immortalword00chur 

Forbidden art in the Third Reich: paintings by German artists whose work was banned from museums and forbidden to exhibit (1945?) http://archive.org/details/forbiddenart00inst 

Edward Hopper (1931) http://archive.org/details/edwardhopper00dubo 

Highlights: a cartoon history of the nineteen twenties (1931) http://archive.org/details/highcartoo00kirb

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Museum of Non-Objective painting: opening April 29, 1952, an exhibition showing the evolution in painting from 1900 to 1952 -- Academism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Abstraction -- to Non-Objectivity. (1951) http://archive.org/details/solomonr00muse

Artists of the nineteenth century and their works : a handbook containing two thousand and fifty biographical sketches. (1879) http://archive.org/details/artninetee02wate

Enjoy!

For more information on METRO Digitization Grants please contact Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO's Digital Services Manager. Please note, METRO will be announcing details of the 2013-2014 Digitization Grant Program by the end of February.For a list of all previous METRO-funded digitization projects, please see Digital METRO New York.